SEATTLE, WA, Mar 22, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced
that the University of Western Australia will install a Cray XT3(TM)
system as part of the Western Australia Supercomputing Program
(WASP). Among the research activities planned for the new
supercomputer are major large-scale computational studies and
simulations in the areas of geophysics, chemistry, astrophysics,
biology, rock mechanics, genetic epidemiology, physics and quantum
mechanics, and water research.
WASP's charter is to integrate large-scale information from different
disciplines and multiple spatial and temporal scales, enabling the
cross-fertilization of algorithms and integration of common
computational techniques in order to advance science in a number of
fields. The Cray XT3 system was funded in part through a grant from
the Australian Research Council under its Linkage Infrastructure
Equipment and Facilities program.
"The advanced research and scientific modeling that the Cray XT3
supercomputer can support represents modern science at its optimum,"
said Assistant Professor Karen Haines, WASP director. "The Cray XT3
system will give us the computational power needed to accomplish the
analysis and modeling calculations for these models. The installation
of the supercomputer is an essential precursor to the type of
facilities that we envision will be necessary to handle the enormous
computing demands of the major science projects planned for Western
Australia over the next decade, such as the Australia Telescope
National Facility Extended New Technology Demonstrator (xNTD) program
that will be conducted under the auspices of the Australian
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation."
"We are excited to have been selected by the University as a partner
in the WASP program, helping users develop the skills required to
carry out leadership-class computational simulations," said Cray
President and CEO Peter Ungaro. "Research and academic institutions
worldwide are taking advantage of the balanced processing,
communications power and exceptional scalability of the Cray XT3
supercomputer to enable breakthroughs in a number of important
scientific and engineering fields."
About the Cray XT3 Supercomputer
The Cray XT3 supercomputer is the third-generation massively parallel
system from Cray. Purpose-built to deliver exceptional sustained
application performance for challenging scientific and engineering
problems, the Cray XT3 system has set new performance records for
systems equipped with standard-based processors. The supercomputer's
high-speed 3D torus interconnect, advanced MPP operating system and
high-speed global input/output make it possible for users to scale
applications from 200 to more than 30,000 processors without
performance loss. The system's scalable processing element uses x86
64-bit AMD Opteron(TM) single or dual-core processors that employ
HyperTransport(TM) technology to increase bandwidth and reduce
latency. The Cray XT3 supercomputer was named 2005 Product of the
Year by Scientific Computing & Instrumentation. Go to
www.cray.com/products/xt3 for more information.
About the Western Australia Supercomputing Program
WASP provides access to massively parallel supercomputing for the
purpose of developing simulation expertise and enabling advances in
scientific research that are computationally intensive. WASP
complements the existing facilities of the Interactive Virtual
Environments Centre (iVEC), an unincorporated joint venture with
Curtin University, Murdoch University, the University of Western
Australia, the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Australia's Central Technical and
Further Education (TAFE). Because iVEC represents the Western
Australia Partnership with the Australian Partnership in Advanced
Computing (APAC), WASP furthers collaborative opportunities with all
the APAC partners throughout Australia.
About Cray Inc.
As the global leader in high-performance computing (HPC), Cray
provides innovative supercomputing systems that enable scientists and
engineers in government, industry and academia to meet both existing
and future computational challenges. Building on years of experience
in designing, developing, marketing and servicing the world's most
advanced supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of HPC
systems that deliver unrivaled sustained performance on a wide range
of applications. Go to www.cray.com for more information.
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certain factors that could cause Cray's execution plans to differ
materially from those anticipated by the statements above. These
include the technical challenges of developing high-performance
computing systems, the successful porting of application programs to
Cray computer systems, reliance on third-party suppliers and the
successful passing of acceptance tests. For a discussion of these and
other risks, see "Factors That Could Affect Future Results" in Cray's
most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.
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SOURCE: Cray Inc.